Winners of the DataJam Against Exploitation revealed

Friday June 4th, at the end of the DataJam Against Exploitation that brought together 75 participants of 16 different nationalities, the winning teams were announced. In first place came Buyer Resist from Vancouver who created a web app that helped track traffickers by comparing the text from escort agency adds across Canada. They will receive a monetary prize and a spot in the IBM Incubator Program to help them further develop their project. They will also be invited to participate in the DataJam Pasos Libres 2021 that will take place on a world-wide scale in the fall, and lastly, their project will be promoted by all the co-organizers of the DataJam Against Exploitation.

Team Scotiabank AMA from Toronto, 5 data scientists from Scotiabank Anti-Money Laundering Models and Analytics (AML), came in second place, and the third place went to CDL Team from Montreal and affiliated with Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (Mila). This event marked the official ending of the competition.

The ICPC organizes a focus group of local Saint-Laurent stakeholders

The ICPC met with various community and institutional key actors working in the Saint-Laurent neighbourhood as part of the process leading up to a local security diagnosis.

This focus group’s goal was to better contextualize local realities, to identify the more at-risk parties, and to shed light on emerging problems that might not have been brought up in literature reviews or statistics. Speaking with local actors provides us with a more accurate view of local crime issues.

The local security diagnosis will be finished in June 2021.

The ICPC presents the “DataJam Against Exploitation” as a means of preventing human trafficking

On the 21st of May at The Cybersecurity Revolution 2021 event (SECREV) hosted by SERENE-RISC, the ICPC participated in a conference on cybersecurity with the Fundación Pasos Libres. They presented the DataJam Against Exploitation 2021 as a technological innovation and a means of prevention against human trafficking.

SECREV is a free annual online event who’s goal is to facilitate the international exchange of information on cybersecurity.

The conference is available in on YouTube.

PRESS RELEASE: ICPC commits to combat human trafficking in Canada


ICPC, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM, are proud to announce the launch of "DataJam Against Exploitation", the country's first of its kind online innovation competition aimed at developing technological solutions to identify and combat human trafficking in Canada, particularly among youth as well as Indigenous and LGBTQI+ communities. This competition is funded by the Government of Canada.

Read the press release: Press release (April 2021)


Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Due to the global situation related to COVID-19 and other related factors, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, scheduled to be held in Kyoto, Japan, April 20-27, 2020, has been postponed to March 7-12, 2021.

In its resolution 72/192, the General Assembly decided that the following issues would be considered in workshops:

(a) Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices

(b) Reducing reoffending: identifying risks and developing solutions

(c) Education and youth engagement as key to making societies resilient to crime

(d) Current crime trends, recent developments and emerging solutions, in particular new technologies as means and tools to combat crime

ICPC, which is part of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme network, contributed remotely to the preparation and organization of Workshop 1: Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices as part of a segment on comprehensive strategies for crime prevention towards social and economic development. This two-day workshop will enable participants to become more familiar with different approaches and best practices in evaluation, indicator production and statistical data collection to support evidence-based crime prevention.

Information and agenda